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About Festival

The Summer Festivities of Early Music

The Summer Festivities of Early Music are the largest and oldest continually running festival of historical music in Prague. Since it was founded in 2000, the festival has been the gateway through which leading interpreters from abroad make their entry into Prague. Thanks to a thematic, innovative dramaturgy, modern premieres – not only for the Czech Republic, but world premieres too – represent a high percentage of festival projects. The Festival is unique in its reach into the field of baroque theatre and dance. A characteristic part of these productions are period costumes, original choreography, and baroque gesture, rhetoric and makeup.

One of the priorities of the Festival is to link beautiful architecture with music of corresponding styles. The unique historic surroundings facilitate an unmistakeable atmosphere which has its origins in the performance of music on original instruments, and the unusual acoustic experiences linked with it. Concerts and performances – set in such venues as the Břevnov Monastery, Troja Chateau. the Prague castle, as well as some lesser known Prague churches and other historical venues in Prague – have met with great success.

The Summer Festivities of Early Music are a proud receiver of grants from the City of Prague and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. Very important and beneficial has also been the collaboration with the French Institute in Prague. Some other long-term partners of the festival include the Embassy of Spain, Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds, Italian Culture Institute, the Centre for Baroque Musique in Versailles, as well as some distinguished Czech institutions, such as the National Gallery in Prauge and the Prague City Gallery. The Summer Festivities of Early Music highly value the support of the ING Bank. “The ING Bank is proud to be a partner of this festival which brings to the Czech Republic beautiful musical projects,” says Veronika Němcová of the ING Bank.

Responses from both public and press have shown that the Summer Festivities of Early Music have become an inseparable part of the Prague summer music scene. Its events are renowned internationally, and help to place Prague among the leading cultural metropolises of Europe.